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#walk1000miles – February 2017

I know that February is always going to be the shortest month of a year but I had to do a double-take at my watch when I read the date.

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Already, March is here! Where did the first two months of the year go?

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Although this is incorrect, I have always thought of February as a bridge between winter and spring. Yet, the weather is often worse through this month (and, persistently so) than in either of the previous two. Nevertheless, March is never far away and you know that Easter and spring lie just beyond the other side.

03/02 – 2 miles – Wrington
04/02 – 7.5 miles – Cadbury Camp, North Somerset
05/02 – 10.5 miles – North Stoke, North East Somerset (led by Brunel)
10/02 – 2 miles – Wrington
11/02 – 4 miles – Wrington
12/02 – 9.25 miles – Wellow, North East Somerset (walk-leading)
18/02 – 8 miles – Quantock Hills, Somerset
19/02 – 2 miles – Wrington
25/02 – 2 miles – Wrington
26/02 – 21 miles – White Horse Trail #1 (led by Brunel 20s and 30s)

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So, there are a lot of what I would consider to be very short walks in this list…

On the one hand, I could look and say that I am not walking as far or challenging myself enough. On the other hand though, I am at least getting outside quite frequently. Two miles are greater than none.

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I’ve participated in one walk with a close friend, I’ve led my first group walk of the year and I’ve attended two other group walks, organised by different walk leaders.

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Total for February 2017: 68.25 miles

But for another long Wiltshire walk with which to close the month, I might’ve felt disappointed with my overall tally. I did say, at one point, that I’d like to average eighty-miles each month but, for something in the region of seventy-miles, I can find contentment.

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As a group, Brunel have begun walking the White Horse Trail, which is a ninety-mile long-distance path around Wiltshire. Our aim is to tackle one circular ‘stint’ each month (averaging fifteen-to-twenty miles a time) until the trek is complete. Added to my own ambition of walking the eighty-seven mile long Ridgeway path this summer, I should be able to rack up the miles conveniently.

Total for 2017 so far: 145.5 miles

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Thanks for reading.

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4 responses to “#walk1000miles – February 2017

  1. Ruth Livingstone 02/03/2017 at 07:29

    Well done for achieving so many miles in a short month, and there is nothing wrong with short walks. In fact, if you manage a 2 mile walk every day as well as your longer walks, you would easily achieve your target.

    Are you doing the challenge again this year?

    • Olly Parry-Jones 03/03/2017 at 17:08

      Thanks, Ruth. I remember when I started this last year, I read that you only need to walk 2.7 miles every day to do it… I forgot to highlight the fact that evening walks will soon be returning, as it’s currently light until 18.00. πŸ™‚

  2. James Mason 03/03/2017 at 07:43

    Looking pretty wet there mate!

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